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Talking Points: January 21 - February 4, 2009

The USC U.S.-China Institute's weekly e-newsletter.
January 21, 2009
Talking Points
January 21 -  February 4, 2009
Barack Obama’s inaugural address was carried on Chinese television and translated in China’s official Chinese language and English language press. The official Communist Party newspaper, the People’s Daily (人民日报), featured the inauguration on page 3 (click here for pdf version of the page). Several news organizations note that Chinese censors filtered out some parts of the new president’s comments.

One of the comments targeted was

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with the sturdy alliances and enduring convictions.
And another was:
To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
An official Chinese version of the speech is available at the U.S. State Department website. The BBC has video of Chinese Central Television cutting away from Obama just as he mentions communism.
Official Chinese commentaries on the inauguration offered guarded optimism that the Obama administration would reorient American foreign policy away from unilateralism and towards cooperation with others.
Our recent documentary includes a seven minute segment devoted to Barack Obama’s policies toward China. It includes candidate Obama speaking at various venues and interviews with several of his key advisors on China. It is also available at our YouTube site. For two years, Thomas Christensen oversaw U.S.-China relations as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. He stepped down last summer. In October he spoke at USC offering his assessment of where the relationship is and offering advice to the incoming administration. Click here to see his presentation.
On January 30, you are invited to USC to participate in our look at the impact of the Beijing Olympics. Panels feature distinguished scholars and professionals discussing the importance of the Games for China’s international standing and what the Games meant for China’s domestic politics and its economy. The role various media played in this will also be examined. Seating is limited and registration is required. Please click here to learn more about the event and to register for it.
In addition to the Olympics conference, we hope you will join us at some of our other spring semester events. These include presentations by Shen Dingli, head of Fudan University’s Center for American Studies (Feb. 5), and John Kamm, businessman turned human rights activist (Feb. 12). You can learn about our events and China-related events throughout North America below and at the calendar section of our website.

While you are at the website, please also visit the resources section, which includes documents such as the just released Chinese government “white paper” on China’s defense capabilities and priorities.  We appreciate your feedback on Talking Points and our website. Please write to us at

Finally, we remind students and scholars that the U.S.-China Institute is currently inviting applications for three research programs. The first, for post-doctoral scholars, has a January 28 deadline. Those for USC faculty and graduate students have March 6 deadlines. Learn more about these programs and download application forms at the announcements section of our website. Please note that we are also welcoming applications from secondary school teachers for our seminar on teaching about East Asia. Information and an application form is available in the k-12 curriculum section of our website.
Best wishes,
The USC U.S.-China Institute

01/30/2009: The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games: Public Diplomacy Triumph or Public Relations Spectacle?
Town and Gown
University of Southern California
Time: 8am - 7pm
The symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners to share research insights on China's public diplomacy strategies and the impact of these games on perceptions of China's soft power resources and global attitudes towards a rising China. 


 01/22/2009: Chinese Competition Policy: The Antimonopoly Law & China's Financial Sector
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco 101 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
Cost: $45 per person (includes lunch)
Time: 12:00PM - 2:00PM
The Asia Society presents a talk with Nate Bush, O'Melveny & Myers LLP on China's antimonopoly Law & China's financial sector. 
01/22/2009: Commentary-writing in Chinese Buddhism
UC Berkeley
IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, California
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Imre Hamar (University of Virginia) will explore the significance of commentaries is holy scriptures and ancient written texts.
01/26/2009: Xianbei, Fuyu, or Puyo: The Laoheshen Cemetery in Jilin, China, and Its Ethnicity and Women
UCLA 11377 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: Free
Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM
UCLA presents a talk by Pak Yingjin (Chungnam University) 
01/27/2009: Money Talks: Commerce, Classics, and Taste in Late Imperial China, 1600 – 1800
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Address: 1151 Oxford Road, Friends’ Hall, San Marino, CA 91108
Cost: Free and open to the public, no reservations required
Time: 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Princeton University's Benjamin A. Elman will discuss how the monetarization of the economy affected China in unprecedented ways. 
01/28/2009: Chinese Posters: Art from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
IEAS Conference Room
Address: 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA
Cost: Free
Phone: (510) 643-6321
Time: 5:00PM - 6:30PM
A presentation of Chinese posters by Lincoln Cushing, Archivist, art historian, former UC librarian and Ann Tompkins, Co-author, with Lincoln Cushing, of "Chinese Posters: Art from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution"  

01/30/2009: Two Systems, One World: US-China Relations under the Obama Administration
UCLA Faculty Center , Los Angeles, California 90095-1487
Time: 8:30AM - 3:00PM
A one-day conference sponsored by the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations.
02/02/2009: Religion and the Public Good in Taiwan
UCLA 10383 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: Free
Phone: (310) 825-8683
Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
A talk by Robert P. Weller, in the series New Directions in Taiwan Studies

North America: 

01/29/2009: Asia Pacific Security Seminar
East-West Center in Washington Conference Room, Washington, D.C.
Cost: This event is free and open to the public.
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM
American Enterprise Institute's Nicholas Eberstadt will discuss the projected demographic changes in the region and explore the implications for economic progress, political interactions, and international security. 
01/29/2009: New Actors and Factors in Cross Strait Relations
State Room, The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University, 7th Floor, 1957 E Street, NW
Time: 9am -2pm
Please RSVP with your name, email address and GW affiliation/organization to
The Sigur Center for Asian Studies presents a panel discussion on Cross Strait Relations.  
01/29/2009: "My Beijing Birthday" - Screening and Discussion
Asia Society and Museum
Auditorium, 725 Park Avenue, New York
Cost: $7 members/seniors/students; $11 nonmembers
Phone: 212-517-ASIA
Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Asia Society presents the screening of comedy "My Beijing Birthday" followed with a discussion with filmmaker Howie Snyder. 
01/30/2009: Music from China -Performed by the Arts Faculty, Xiamen University
EWC Imin Center-Jefferson Hall, (opposite UHM Kennedy Theatre), Honolulu, Hawaii
Cost: Free
Phone: 808-944-7584
A diverse program featuring traditional and contemporary works for voice, erhu, hulusi, shougu, xiao, xun, yangqin, zheng, and piano.


08/23/2008 - 02/22/2009: Guests of the Hills: Travelers and Recluses in Chinese Landscape Painting
Freer Gallery of Art/ Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012, MRC 707, Washington DC 20013-7012
Phone: 202.633.1000
Freer Gallery of Art presents an exhibition on the depictions of recluses and recreational travelers in Chinese landscape painting. 
11/03/2008 - 11/03/2009: Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, California 92706
Bowers Museum presents a collection that portrays the evolution of Chinese technology, art and culture.  
11/14/2008 - 11/14/2009: Chinese Art: A Seattle Perspective
Seatle Asian Art Museum
Address: 1400 East Prospect Street , Volunteer Park , Seattle, WA 98112–3303
Phone: 206.654.3100
The Seattle Asian Art Museum presents an opportunity to see a collection with representative works from each dynastic period.
11/15/2008 - 11/15/2009: Masters of Adornment: The Miao People of China
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, California 92706
The Bowers Museum presents a collection of exquisite textiles and silver jewelry that highlights the beauty and wealth of the Miao peoples of southwest China.

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